L’The European Commission’s antitrust investigation against Apple for anti-competitive practice is getting more and more alive. The Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (BEUC) has decided to join the dispute as an interested party.
In a quote from the press release, BEUC explained that it joined the European Commission’s antitrust investigation to combat the distortion of competition caused by the App Store rules on music streaming services in the EU single market.
In April, the European commission formally accused Apple of violation of competition rules:
The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that the principle of competition in the music streaming market has ceased, as Apple abused its dominant position to distribute music streaming apps through its App Store. The Commission disputes the mandatory use of Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism imposed on music streaming app developers to distribute their apps through the Apple App Store. The Commission also fears that Apple will apply some restrictions to app developers that prevent them from informing iPhone and iPad users about alternative and cheaper purchasing options.
The BEUC will thus offer its contribution, with the sole objective of allowing consumers to be able to choose their favorite music service in a fair market both for them and for the various players involved. How will the matter end? We just have to wait for the various bureaucratic steps to learn about the future of Apple and its App Store.